SLU Libraries

Library Circulation Policies

Borrowing Privileges

Saint Louis University students, faculty, staff, and courtesy borrowers who have current identification cards may borrow books. A current Saint Louis University I.D., a MOBIUS member-school I.D., or courtesy card is required for all borrowing transactions.

SLU I.D. holders are able to

  • Check out circulating materials
  • Enter the Library without having to sign in
  • Add money to the card for copying and printing purposes

All card holders are responsible for abiding by the rules and policies of the library from which books are borrowed and for any fines or charges accrued.

Loan Periods for Library Items

Undergraduate Students

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts Fines Bills
SLU Books 21 Days 5 No limit -- $120
MOBIUS/MERLIN Items 28 Days 2 20 items -- $120
Media Items 14 Days 1 renewal No limit -- $140
Audo Visual Rooms 3 hours No renewal 1 -- $125
($10 non-refundable fee)
2 Hour Reserve Items 2 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Hour Reserve Items 3 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Day Reserve Items 3 days No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
Journals/Periodicals No checkout -- -- -- --

Graduate Students/SLU Staff

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts Fines Bills
SLU Books 120 Days 2 No limit -- $120
MERLIN Items 120 Days 2 20 items -- $120
MOBIUS Items 28 Days 2 20 items -- $120
Media Items 14 Days 1 renewal No limit -- $140
Audo Visual Rooms 3 hours No renewal 1 -- $125
($10 non-refundable fee)
2 Hour Reserve Items 2 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Hour Reserve Items 3 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Day Reserve Items 3 days No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
Bound Journals 3 days No renewal No limit -- $120

Faculty

Material Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts Fines Bills
SLU Books 120 Days 10 No limit -- $120
MERLIN Items 120 Days 2 30 items -- $120
MOBIUS Items 28 Days 2 30 items -- $120
Media Items 14 Days 1 renewal No limit -- $140
Audo Visual Rooms 3 hours No renewal 1 -- $125
2 Hour Reserve Items 2 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Hour Reserve Items 3 hours No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
3 Day Reserve Items 3 days No renewal No limit -- $125
($20 non-refundable fee)
Bound Journals 3 days No renewal No limit -- $120
Pius Faculty/Proxy Check-Out Permission Form

Courtesy Borrowers

Patron Types Loan Periods Number of Renewals Maximum Checkouts Fines Bills
Visiting Faculty/Scholars 21 Days 3 10 Pius books -- $120
Mobius Visiting Patrons 28 Days 2 Varies -- $120
Library Associates 21 Days 3 20 Pius books -- $120
Missouri Province Jesuits 21 Days 3 4 Pius books -- $120
1818 High School Students 21 days 3 4 Pius books -- $120
1818 High School Faculty 120 days 2 999 -- $120
Upward Bound High School Students 21 days 3 4 Pius books -- $120
Concordia 21 days 3 10 Pius books -- $120
DuBourg Society 21 days 3 10 Pius books -- $120
Higher Ed. Consortium Faculty 21 days 3 6 Pius books -- $120
Infopass 21 days No renewal 4 Pius books -- $120

Renewals

Books that meet these criteria may be renewed online using the function of the catalog.

  • are within 7 days prior to their due date or later
  • have not been billed for replacement
  • have not been requested by another borrower
  • have not reached the renewal limit

Patrons also may renew by email, by telephone, or at the Circulation Desk. If a book has reached its renewal limit, it must be brought to the Circulation Desk to be checked in before it can be renewed again.

Overdue Books and Fines

The SLU Catalog View Your Circulation Record provides the due date of all books on loan to each borrower.

Overdue notices for billed books from all Saint Louis University Libraries are sent when books are 5 and 15 days overdue. After 30 days, overdue books are considered lost, and the borrowing patron will be billed a lost book fee.

Overdue notices for MOBIUS loaned books are sent when books are 7, 14 and 21 days overdue. After 28 days, overdue books are considered lost and the borrowing patron will be billed a lost book fee.

All billed items are thoroughly searched prior to invoicing. Failure to receive a notice does not exempt a borrower from the responsibility to return books on time and is not grounds for the cancellation of fines.

Billed books and/or fines exceeding $50.00 will result in suspension of borrowing privileges.

Lost or Damaged Books and Replacement Charges

A borrower who has lost a book from any of the Saint Louis University Libraries will be charged for the replacement of the lost book. A borrower who has lost a MOBIUS book will be charged in accordance with the owning library's policies.

Library Holds on registration, transcript, and diploma

A "hold" is placed on registration, transcript, and diplomas for all non-returned library materials and/or unpaid fines. All outstanding books and fines must be taken care of prior to graduation. Students are encouraged to check their library records by logging into their library accounts or by calling the Circulation Desk at 314-977-3087. All fines must be paid at the Circulation Department of Pius Library (located on the main floor).

Requesting Books

All circulating Pius library books within our general collection are available for request online. However, copies with the status, “Not Checked Out” will be available to requesters sooner, if requesters are able to retrieve the items from the shelves themselves. Unretrieved holds will be filled by the next business day. Copies that are currently checked-out will display a due date, and although patrons may request these items online, books may arrive to patrons faster if patrons request available copies through MOBIUS.

When books are received at Pius Library, the requesters will be notified to pick up the books at the Circulation Desk. From the notice date, SLU books are held for 7 days and MOBIUS books are held 10 days for pickup.

A book on hold for another patron cannot be renewed.

If a book has more than one hold on it, the normal check-out period may be shortened to serve the greatest number of patrons.

Recalls

All books are subject to recall. A book may be recalled after it has been on loan for a minimum of one complete loan period. Books needed for Reserve Room use will be recalled immediately. MOBIUS libraries may recall their books at any time.

Recalled book due dates will automatically change to precede the original due date. When a recall notice is received, the book is to be brought to Pius Circulation promptly, to free a patron’s library account for further borrowing privileges. Recalled items are subject to fines past the recall due date. To get a substitute for a recalled item, try requesting another copy online through MOBIUS or through Interlibrary Loan-ILLiad.

Searching Books

If a book cannot be located in the general collection, a patron can request a search by filling out a search request card at the Circulation Desk. When found, the book will be held at the Circulation Desk for the patron and the patron will be notified. If the book is not found within 5 working days, the patron will be notified. If the patron still requires the book, he or she may request a copy of the book through the MOBIUS system or Interlibrary Loan.

For More Answers and Assistance

For questions about Pius Library Circulation services and policies, e-mail Circulation, call (314) 977-3087 and ask to speak to a full-time staff member, or visit the Circulation Desk and ask to speak with a full-time staff member.

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